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sephora pantone universe radiant orchid 2014 collection

{Sephora + Pantone: Radiant Orchid}

Don’t get me wrong, I adored last year’s choice of Emerald for the colour of the year but 2014 has it so much better in my eyes. Radiant Orchid is the shade on everyone’s lips and if you haven’t noticed already, Sephora are dedicating a LOT of floor space to celebrate it. Even if you’re not in to trends, this robust collection of vibrant purple against hues of cream and soft pink are rounding out my make up drawers perfectly for spring and summer.

radiant orchid pantone packaging

{Pretty, purple packaging}

Behold! Shiny, purple packaging worthy of leaving on display.

radiant orchid paint gloss trio nail ambrosia

{Nail Ambrosia Trio to match the Radiant Paint Gloss Trio}

Sold Separately the Nail Ambrosia Trio ($24) and Paint Gloss Trio ($31) are some of my favourite picks when it comes to quality and value. The texture of this lip product reflects it’s name, the finish is opaque and paint like but smells heavenly and feels like butter on the lips. The nails to match…why not?

Radiant Paint Gloss Trio

{Paint Gloss trio and Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliner}

Like the Paint Gloss Trio the liquid eyeliners in this collection offer an opaque sweep of purple and pink (the latter shade is exclusive to The Face kit)  hues.

radiant orchid look

{The radiant orchid “subtle” look}

Well…subtle enough to a beauty addict :p

radiant orchid matte lipstick

{Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick}

You know me. I can’t say no to a matte, rich lippie and this Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick ($22) is no exception. Decadent in it’s texture and shade, my biggest problem with this baby is that my sister keeps stealing it from me…

radiant orchid cream blush

{Cream Blush as part of The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set}

Ah, le sigh. If you want to get your hands on this creamy blush that literally melts on to your skin then you’ll have to purchase The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set but it contains the lipstick among others so I’d say it’s well worth the $90.

The Eye- Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set}

I’m not an eye shadow kinda gal but this macbook-like palette made me squeal – mainly because of the three sets of colours that make up the top right corner. Romantic to daring it’s got all the shades you would need for any look.

Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{My favourite combo 1: creams and soft pink}

Delicious like ice cream.

The Eye Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{My favourite combo 2: mahogany and navy}

Esmeralda herself would have worn these.

radiant orchid look closed

{Using mahogany and navy shades}

     radiant orchid pantone swatches

{Swatches}

L-R: Radiant Paint Gloss Trio, Cream Blush,  Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliners, Body Luminizer

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maybelline hi-light master glaze blush stick highlighter

maybelline hi-light master glaze blush stick highlighter

February seems to be the month of blush — who am I to complain? If it’s not a bold lipstick I’m cooing over it’s a brightly pigmented blush. I’m a sucker for colour. Maybelline’s on a roll with it’s offerings and this round of blushers is a shining example.

maybelline hi-light blush light bronze review

{Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Light Bronze}

Oh hello gorgeous and glittering higlighter/bronzer hybrid. If you’re a beauty nerd you’ll know how iconic the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is for what it does to your cheeks. The Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-Light blushes offer a variety of packed powders in one palette for poppin’ cheeks. Warm Nude is a blend of illuminating pinks and shimmering golds — the light catches the product perfectly on your J-Lo-esque cheekbones.

maybelline hi-light blush review pink rose

{Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Pink Rose}

The shade Pink Rose I would accept as more of a blush than a bronzer or highlighter – it might be a little too intense to sweep this over your forehead and chin so I’d recommend saving this for a multi-dimensional, romantic flush instead.

maybelline cream blush stick master glaze

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Sticks}

If I had to be selective about the formula of my cheek colour I’d choose a cream blush over a powder any day. That is if I’m judging entirely on the finished effect on my cheeks. There’s something about a cream that allows for a much more natural flush. Wouldn’t you agree?

maybelline master glaze face studio blush stick warm nude

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Warm Nude}

maybelline master glaze face studio make a mauve

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Make a Mauve}

Maybelline review face studio master glaze pink fever

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Pink Fever}

maybelline hi-light bronzer face glaze blush stick swatches

{Swatch party!}

Left to right:

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Light Bronze

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Make a Mauve

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Warm Nude

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Pink Fever

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dior bloom nail polish

Dior spring nails

{Dior Vernise Spring 2014 in Bouquet, Porcelaine Bloom & Top Coat in Perle}

Dior nail polishes have taken their place in my favourite nail polish formula of all time, right next to YSL’s offerings. There’s nothing more satisfying (in the DIY mani world) than layering on a shiny, sweep of colour with the utmost of ease. Believe it or not, more of my favourite shades aren’t easy to work with but the flat blush, quicky drying, glossy formula that Dior has to offer is sublime. Best of all? These spring shades are to die for.

Gimme moah!

dior bloom nail polish

{Bloom}

This vibrant shade is spring/summer perfect. A fuchsia that would compliment any skin tone.

bloom nail polish

{Glossy finish}

dior porcelaine spring 2014 nail polish

{Porcelaine}

The name on everyone’s lips and soon-to-be on everyone’s tips. It kinda reminds me of Chanel’s Riva (the perfect sky blue) and Dior are making this eggshell totally cool again. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This totally makes me think of a shade that Beyonce would wear.

dior bouqet nail polish

{Bouquet}

Oh hai pretty in pink coral shade that’s perfect for spring. While Bloom fit better for a summer pedi, Bouquet is the ultimate in daytime spring shades. I’ll take this beaut for a ride when I want a a feminine and fancy mani.

perle on bouqet

Introducing Dior’s new topcoat (reminiscent of YSL’s La Laque Couture) this shimmering Perle sets to a matte finish with a hint of sparkle (pretty cool of you ask me). I love the original effect it offers and it pretty much enhances most shades it’s partnered with.

Which of Dior’s new shades are you looking forward to most?

These beautylicious products were sent for consideration and were good enough to make the cut!

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Rouge Dior Lipstick in Crinoline spring trianon 2014

 daria-strokous-for-dior-trianon-spring-2014-collection

{Dior Spring 2014 – Trianon}

Dior spring 2014 collection

{Dior – the products}

It’s the dead of winter I’m shamelessly pulling out my pastel sweaters and lippie shades already. No really, day one of 2014 and you can see in my NYE post that I’m already wearing coral lipstick. Enter squeal of excitement upon unpacking the Dior spring 2014collection.

dior trianon spring 2014 diorblush

{Diorblush – Trianon}

First up, if you ask me, the centrepiece of the collection. Diorblush in Trianon – a blush that instantly warms your face with an intense pink glow. I can’t decide whether I want to cherish it or rub the entire palette all over my face. Suggestions?

dior lip glow balm in coral

{Dior Lip Glow in Coral and Rouge Dior Lipstick in Crinoline}

My second favourite pieces stand strong in the lip category. I didn’t really believe in the lip glow when I first applied it but the longer I left it on, the more it started to work it’s magic! A lip balm that works with your natural skin colouring to give you a personalized result.

Rouge Dior Lipstick in Crinoline spring trianon 2014

{Wearing: Diorblush in Trianon and Rouge Dior Lipstick Crinoline}

The Crinoline lipstick is essentially my dream coral. I mean it’s just a shade that will literally flatter the palest of pretties to the darkest of divas. So it’s got me covered from winter to summer! The creamy formula glides on and give your make up a totally fresh makeover.

dior spring lip glow swatch coral

{Wearing: Diorblush in Trianon and Lip Glow in Coral}

dior addict lip gloss trianon Petillante and Exquisse

{Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Petillante and Exquisse}

IT’S LIKE ICE CREAM AND RASPBERRY SYRUP. I know, you shouldn’t trust food that’s neon but I couldn’t help but think of the ice cream van that’d come around my hood as a kid when I saw these lip glosses. Soft serve, strawberry ice pops and raspberry syrup. #nom

dior addict lip gloss Exquisse spring 2014 trianon

{Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Exquisse}

My sister’s kinda stealing this one from the beauty drawer. Isn’t the shade special? A wet, glossy pop of fuchsia.

Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Petillante

{Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Petillante}

This subtle and shimmery pink is soft enough to wear as a nude for the perfect evening look. I prefer to stay away from shimmery lips in the daytime but I wouldn’t be quick reject this beauty.

dior spring 2014 mono eye shadow

{Dior Backstage Prime and Mono Eye Shadow}

I. Adore the Mono Eye Shadows that Dior has to offer. This matte collection of pastels is nothing short of eye brightening and love that you can literally apply with your fingers in seconds.

dior spring beauty look 2014

{Wearing the mono shadow – applied with fingers}

Lilac on the eyes? I never would have thought it but it doesn’t look too bad, right?!

 dior new primer pore glow maximizer

{Dior Pore Minimizer and Glow Maximizer}

Er, so, my pores have decided to make a massive appearance on my skin lately and I’m facing the fact that it’s time to start the cover up. Dior’s mattifying balm makes the pores disappear in seconds but it’s not best for those who have dry skin…

The Glow Maximizer on the other hand…sublime! I mixed a pump in with my foundation and got nothing but a glowalicious base. If you need to tone it down but don’t want to mattify your skin then sweep some of your Ambient Powder overtop for a luminous finish.

dior spring nail vernis polish 2014

{Dior Vernis Spring 2014}

Alongside the YSL polis Dior’s Vernis is the best on the market. These beautiful shades and creamy and apply like a dream. More to come on these…

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